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Pop-up Shop Offers Free Uniform For School Children

Pop-up shops have become all the rage over the last few years due to the high cost of retail units and the unpredictable nature of the high street. To manage these challenges, businesses have been hiring temporary spaces so they can sell stock for a short amount of time and earn an easy profit.

However, one pop-up shop has not been looking for a quick return because it has been offering free uniform to schoolchildren in the area, the Runcorn and Widnes World reported.

Halton Lodge Children’s Centre on Grangeway in Runcorn opened on Wednesday (August 28th) to enable parents or carers get their hands on school uniform for their kids at no cost.

It opened its doors at 10:00 and allowed visitors to look around for clothes for their young ones until 12:00.

The pop-up shop has been opened to help parents who cannot afford the steep costs of buying new uniform. This comes after market analysts Mintel revealed British parents collectively spent £1.2 billion on uniform, stationery and equipment when their children went back to school in 2018. This is a huge increase of 36 per cent from the year before, and could mean mothers and fathers will end up spending more than this over the next few weeks.

It found that uniform alone typically cost £134 per child last year, which is an increase of six per cent from 2017. This could be due to 79 per cent saying they preferred to spend more on clothes that will last longer, while 61 per cent claimed they are obliged to purchase uniform with the school logo on, which tends to be more expensive.

This pop-up school uniform shop is not alone, as a temporary retail unit has been set up in Shropshire’s Telford on Wednesdays and Fridays recently.

Councillor Kelly Middleton told the Shropshire Star that 100 children have already been kitted out in uniform thanks to the pop-up enterprise.

One way to help local families get school attire for their youngsters is by buying a new shipping container and setting up a pop-up shop in there.

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